Dr. Jennifer Willet is an internationally recognized artist and curator in the emerging field of bioart. Her research resides at the intersection of art and science, and explores notions of representation, the body, ecologies, and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field. She engages in performance, installation, photography and sculpture based artistic practices, community arts and social practice, and philosophy of science, media studies, Science and Technology Studies, combined with protocols and life forms from the biological sciences.
From 2000-2007 Willet and Shawn Bailey collaborated on an innovative computational, biological, artistic, project called BIOTEKNICA. Since 2008 she has collaborated with UK based performance artist Kira O’Reilly. She taught in Studio Arts at Concordia University (2000-2007) and at the Art and Genomics Centre at the University of Leiden (2008) in the Netherlands, and now works as an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts, at The University of Windsor. In 2009 she opened the first biological art lab in Canada, called INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology. In July 2011, she completed BioARTCAMP, a project that involved hosting 20 artists, scientists and students at The Banff Centre, where they built a portable bioart laboratory and conducted experiments in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In 2018 INCUBATOR Lab is opening a new custom-built BSL2 facility that is both a functional biotech laboratory and a multi-media theatre and exhibition venue. This internationally unique facility includes a glass wall opening to a large atrium, theatrical lighting, sound and video capabilities, to enable live and online viewing of biotechnology/artworks and performances. In 2017, she was awarded membership in the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her academic and artistic excellence and emerging intellectual leadership in Canada and beyond.
Selected Exhibitions and Projects include: WAAG Society, Amsterdam (2017), Open Space, Victoria (2016), Artcite Inc. (2014), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (2013), theOntario Science Centre, Toronto, (2013) and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2013), The Banff Centre, Alberta (2011), Arnolfini Museum, Bristol UK (2010), Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY (2009), Ars Electronica festival, Linz (2008), FOFA Gallery, Montreal (2007), ISEA San Jose, USA (2006), Biennial Electronic Arts Perth, Perth, Australia (2004), The European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany (2003), amongst others. She has conducted many residencies including: The Arctic Circle, Norway; The Banff Centre, Canada; and SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.http://www.jenniferwillet.com http://www.incubatorartlab.com http://bioartcamp.blogspot.com/ http://bioartwindsor.blogspot.com/ http://leidenbioart.blogspot.com/